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Workforce Development News – Oct. 15, 2012
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Nothing is more crucial to the success of Lean manufacturing than employee engagement. The successful implementation of Lean literally depends upon driving continually higher levels of employee engagement. This short video contains interviews of employees at Hydromat and Edge Technologies, RugDoctor, and GSI Diversified talking about the ways in which the Idea Board has served as a powerful driver of change. (YouTube 5:30).
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis discussed the importance of investing in advanced manufacturing training programs during a visit Oct. 10 to St. Louis Community College. Solis joined elected officials, college and business representatives to explain how programs such as the Missouri Manufacturing Workforce Innovation Networks (MoManufacturingWINs) initiative will offer innovative training to better prepare individuals for careers in modern manufacturing.
“New research shows that the vast majority of employers (88%) are looking for a ‘cultural fit’ over skills in their next hire as more and more companies focus on attrition rates.”
“Recruiting and hiring well has a huge impact on an organization’s success, but before you start slinging out job postings consider these seven questions.”
“For more and more companies, the hiring boss is an algorithm. The factors they consider are different than what applicants have come to expect. Jobs that were once filled on the basis of work history and interviews are left to personality tests and data analysis, as employers aim for more than just a hunch that a person will do the job well.”
“The value of automated algorithms and data is to help optimize and automate decision-making. However, the role of humans in the hiring process cannot and should not be replaced.”
“If tens of thousands of people applied for one job, what are the odds that not a one would be qualified for the position? That’s not a theoretical question.”
“Check out 13 infographics, based on 2010 ACS, which examine bachelor’s degree majors and estimated work-life earnings.”
“Fabulous teams don’t build themselves. But with five steps the right leader can inspire a team and create results organizations can be proud of in just 100 days.”
“Whether you’re an executive in a big company, a marketing manager, a business owner or pretty much anyone with a dream, here’s a checklist of the 10 most common pitfalls to avoid, with some recent real-world examples.”
“Leadership has everything to do with how you relate to others and the quality and texture of those relationships. The higher up you go in an organization, the less important your technical skills become and the more your interpersonal skills matter.”
“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.” – Larry Bossidy